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The Waiver Wire 10/2

Sorry for the delay, folks.  We’ve had some serious weather stuff around my area and family comes first.  Btw, tornadoes are scary.

As we head into Week 5, the Waiver Wire is not as chock-full as it was a week or two ago, but there’s still some talent to mine. The byes are upon us and they really hit hard in the coming weeks, so getting ahead of the curve with roster management is advisable. Don’t take the week off just because you have a good roster for Week 5. This week, we lose the Bears and the Bucs. In Week 6, we lose the Lions and the Saints.

I’ll be back with the Week 5 Lineups Rankings on Thursday.

Check out today’s Waiver Wire Pod!

Good luck tonight!

Kick the Tires:

  • Aaron Jones, Packers
  • T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
  • Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears
  • Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
  • Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

These guys are taken in most leagues, but not all, and it’s always worth doing your due diligence. Suffice to say that, if you can land one of these guys, you ought to go for it. Jones could quickly emerge as the back to own in Green Bay. Yeldon should be filling in for Leonard Fournette (hamstring) this week and perhaps longer. Cohen has, seemingly, become a staple in the Bears’ offense and should be owned everywhere. Edelman returns this week and will fast become a weekly starter in PPR formats.


The top three are my top targets but all of these guys deserve to be rostered in leagues with 12 teams and deep benches. Be wary of Winston and Trubisky this week as they are on their byes. Mayfield has a tough matchup with Baltimore, but his schedule lightens up nicely after that. Mariota is apparently past his hand injury and could become a weekly fantasy starter if things break right going forward.

Jameis Winston, Bucs

High powered skill talent all around him and a favorable schedule. Buy him ahead of his first start and save.

Baker Mayfield, Browns

He’s got several explosive weapons and a few reliable ones and he’s supported by a running game that will only get better. Mayfield should be a reliable weekly starter and he gives you some ceiling too. The bugaboo is his coaching staff. The sooner they fire Hue the better.

Marcus Mariota, Titans

He’s back, thankfully, because this offense can now be taken seriously. I like the way this new Post Delanie Walker/Rishard Matthews crew looks for Mariota. There should be more room underneath as the new receivers will be running deeper routes. This will make it easier for Mariota to augment his stats with his feet. We love those foot-points.

Joe Flacco, Ravens

His remaining schedule is pretty sweet. Flacco is a viable play and he’s an underrated 2QB asset.

Derek Carr, Raiders

He’s coming around and he’s got a largely beatable schedule aside from his matchups with the Chargers.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars

He’s a stable asset but I see limited upside. The Fournette injury should make him more pass-heavy over the next two games or so.

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears

On the bye this week, and plays a schedule with some potholes, but I really like him in this offense as a matchup play. I’m almost sold on Matt Nagy as a play-caller and the right play-calling and offensive design is huge for Trubisky.

Sam Darnold, Jets

He’s clearly swimming at times with the speed of the game and a new scheme but he’s never overwhelmed or visibly distressed. This kid carries himself the right way and has some remarkable physical traits. He just stared down a road matchup with Jacksonville and held up pretty well. He should be playable in solid matchups going forward and the Jets second half schedule is pretty nice.  Also, Robby Anderson will be getting dropped in some bigger seasonal leagues. Grab him and stash him. He’ll be back on the radar within the month.

Josh Rosen, Cardinals

Rosen, in a somewhat subtle way, put the Cardinals skill talent back on the map in Week 4. He did it by being mobile and competent, and by stretching the field a few times. Young legs and a strong accurate arm can do a lot of good, and Rosen has those qualities. So hold onto your Cardinals and consider stashing Rosen in deep formats.

Chad Kelly, Broncos 

In really deep leagues and in 2QB type formats, it’s time to start thinking about Chad Kelly if you haven’t already. If Keenum doesn’t right his ship soon, he could lose it. Only his contract is saving his ass right now.



Nick Chubb, Browns

He’s the stash of stashes right now, and in desperate situations, you can flex him, because as we see, he can do a lot with a few touches.  Not even Hue Jackson could avoid increasing his workload after last week.  I mean, he has to, right?

Nyheim Hines, Colts 

He’s the one back in Indy you can count on for something and if the offense ever gets things going, Hines will show up even more because he thrives in space. His early success is rather remarkable in that regard. I like this kid quite a bit.

Ronald Jones II, Bucs 

Jones is currently underrated. Yes, he is a raw talent, but don’t forget about the talent part. This is a very explosive player. Once this offense is rolling, he could be a huge playmaker, so nab him if he’s available and if you have some roster space to work with.

Marlon Mack,  Colts

He’s got upside, but his injury situation is getting to be worrisome. Mack should be owned in all 12-team leagues. He’s explosive and this team desperately needs that element on the ground.

Theo Riddick, Lions

A pure PPR back whose role will not be changing any time soon.

Duke Johnson, Browns

His touch total has been just a bit disappointing so far but he’s getting about 40 percent of the snaps and with Mayfield running the show, things should improve. Chubb and Hyde are battling for early down work, but I doubt they allow either one to steal much of Johnson’s role.

Latavius Murray, Vikings

Cook is not fully healthy so Murray should be owned by all Cook teams if they can get him.

Mike Davis, Seahawks

He looked very good last week and played ahead of Penny. Just be careful here because Penny could pass him at any time and Carson should be healthy soon. This is a backfield to avoid for the most part, but Davis could be a factor in the near term and as we’ve said here for years, he has talent. 

Corey Grant, Jaguars

Yeldon was recently banged up so Grant should be owned in all 12-team leagues. He could be flexworthy this week in big formats and if Yeldon has any issues thsi week, Grant could end up playing a lot and could even get a start at some point.

Rod Smith, Cowboys

Zeke is banged up so rostering Smith makes sense in deeper leagues.

Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins

Right now, he has some deep league appeal, but I don’t see how it lasts very long.  Miami is bonkers, man.

Wendell Smallwood, Eagles 

He’s underrated and with so many injuries in this backfield, he’s become a must-own guy in big leagues, because this offense is so good that any back who is involved has some fantasy value.  The under-appreciated aspect of Smallwood’s appeal is that he’s capable of playing a big role if need be, and you never know when he might pass Clement on the depth chart. Both Clement and Smallwood need to be owned in all 14-team leagues and in 12-team leagues with adequate roster space.

C.J. Anderson, Panthers

He’s not getting much time, but he’s looked pretty darn good in his limited action. I like the idea of him as a handcuff for McCaffrey owners. He’s worth adding for that purpose.

Alfred Blue, Texans

Blue played 47 percent of the offensive snaps last week and that’s an attention-getter. He should be rostered in deep formats and can be used as a handcuff for Lamar Miller.

Ty Montgomery, Packers

While I think Jones wins this backfield in time, TyMo will always have a role because of his diversity. I’d roster him in deeper formats if he’s released.

Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons

He’s a viable flex option in deeper formats until Freeman returns. He played 43 percent of the snaps in Week 4 and scored a touchdown. His red zone usage is obviously notable. The Falcons like him.

Chris Ivory, Bills 

He’s roster-able in large formats due to all of McCoy’s issues. Ivory is good in short bursts but will never have long term appeal.

Doug Martin, Raiders

It looks like he needs an injury to have any predictable value but he’s looked pretty good in terms of running the ball.

Jalen Richard, Raiders

He’s been heavily targeted this year and he’s got some appeal in deeper PPTR formats.

Robert Turbin, Colts

On a team that simply cannot find and early down runner, Turbin could end up stealing the job soon. He’s back from suspension and healthier than Marlon Mack—better than Jordan Wilkins.



D.J. Moore, Panthers

Top flight talent and his team needs him. More to the point, there’s a hole in their scheme with his name on it. He’s my favorite WR stash because of the target share he could eventually command. He could become their number one option if things break well.  Not for teams in need of Week 5 help.

Taywan Taylor, Titans 

He’s a big talent and he should be stepping into a number two role. With Mariota now healthy and with Rishard Matthews now gone, the road is wide open for Taywan.

Geronimo Allison, Packers

He could be out this week with a concussion, but he has a shot to play and is looking more and more like Aaron Rodgers’ number two weapon along with Jimmy Graham.

Keke Coutee, Texans

I don’t know if it will last but with Bruce Ellington gone for the year, Coutee has stepped into some serious playing time and you can tell that they really like him just by how they are using him.  He’s going to be a trustworthy source of PPR points for as long as he can stay healthy. They haven’t even tapped into his deep ball skills yet.  That’s coming.  He’s a must-own guy in 12-team PPR leagues.

Courtland Sutton, Broncos

I love his scoring potential and the way they are using him.  His role is unlikely to shrink when you look at how much they have used him already despite him being a bit raw with his routes. The Broncos clearly want to fast track Sutton due to his red zone ability. He’s a playable stash in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Chris Godwin, Bucs

He took a bad turn last week but I think he becomes a bigger chip with Winston at the helm as he likes to push the ball downfield. 

Dede Westbrook, Jaguars

Really liking him in PPR leagues right now and his role should keep growing in terms of targets.

Christian Kirk, Cardinals

He’s taking on a primary role in this offense and the QB switch to Rosen makes him a viable WR3 in large PPR formats. He could be on the 12 and even 10-team PPR radar pretty soon.

Dez Bryant, WR, Free Agent

Will he sign soon?  I’d have to think so.  He needs to put some good film together.  I mean, there’s no doubt he wants his money, right.  He’ll need to play well to get it, too.  Not a bad buy from a motivational perspective.

Taylor Gabriel, Bears

I like him as a player but this is going to be an ensemble offense so his big games will be intermittent. He’s a weekly flex with some upside due to his big play ability.

Willie Snead, Ravens

He’ll be what he’s been so far and perhaps a bit more. He’ll score the occasional touchdown but I think this is about what he is. But hey, five balls for fifty yards is something and it’s dependable.

Antonio Callaway, Browns 

I love the talent, but he’s playing raw football so far and he is going to be inconsistent for a spell.  He’s an add in 12-team leagues, but more stash than flex play right now.

Ryan Grant, Colts 

Has added value this week with Hilton a good bet to sit out.

Rashard Higgins, Browns

It’s not so much that I love Higgins, but I like what he brings to the table in this offense with Mayfield at the helm versus Tyrod. Good route work will now be rewarded. Higgins should be owned in PPR leagues with 12 or more teams.

Jordan Matthews, Eagles

I’m a big fan of Matthews’ game but he’s in a deep field of talent here so he’s best left for deeper 12-team leagues and above. 

Zay Jones, Bills

Played 91 percent of the snaps last week—seeing 7 targets.  He has some ability as a route runner and if anybody is going to get hot working with Allen, Jones is the best bet of all the guys on the roster.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers

He’s an add in deeper leagues now and perhaps in smaller leagues later in the week—depending on the status of both Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

Chester Rogers, Colts

He looked energized when Hilton (hamstring) went out and he’ll likely be the biggest beneficiary if Hilton misses Thursday night as I suspect he will.

Rishard Matthews, Free Agent

He’s roster-able in some leagues while we wait to see what kind of opportunity he gets. Of course, forcing his way out of Tennessee might not get him the kind of attention he wants.  We’ll have to see. It may make some teams think twice about him.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers

Keep an eye on him and add him in deep leagues if you need a receiver. With Travis Benjamin out for a spell, he’s guaranteed to play major snaps in the short term.

Aldrick Robinson, Vikings

In uber deep formats, he could be a thing because he’s got a great connection with Kirk Cousins going back to their Washington days. Deep leagues only.



Jack Doyle, Colts

The top choice if he’s available but he probably will miss one more game. The Colts play on Thursday night this week.

Vance McDonald, Steelers 

He’s a big play waiting to happen and he’s finally gotten healthy. He’s worth an add just in case he goes off and takes the whole gig in Pittsburgh.  He’s a great fit for the way the Steelers play.  They know how to get their TEs and slots in open space.

Hayden Hurst, Ravens

I love his game and he’s very close to making his return. I see him as the team’s number two weapon in the passing game once he’s up to speed.

Cameron Brate, Bucs

He’ll get at least one start in Week 6 as OJ Howard is out 2-4 week with a knee sprain.

Ricky Seals Jones, Cardinals

He’s the offensive weapon at the position for the Cardinals, but Jermaine Gresham is back, and RSJ’s snaps have been cut, so this is a situation to watch as we move forward. Targets are the key thing along with red zone usage.  He had his best yardage week of the season in Week 4, so there’s good stuff happening too.

Ian Thomas, Panthers

He’s off his bye and Olsen is still out. After a few bad matchups, I expect Thomas to be a productive player going forward–until Olsen is back.

Geoff Swaim, Cowboys

He’s serviceable for now, and maybe he continues to stay involved, but Rico Gathers is the guy I really want Dallas to feature.  Watch this space.

Jeff Heuerman, Broncos

He’ll have the gig mostly to himself now that Butt is gone for the year with an ACL injury.  Heuerman has some talent so he’s worth a look.

Nick Vannett, Seahawks

Will Dissly is out for the year, thus condensing the Seahawks TE targets down to Vannett and perhaps a returning Ed Dickson at some point.

Antonio Gates, Chargers

Gates will keep raking the occasional touchdown and posting 30-40 yards on most weeks. He’s a receiving specialist at this point, with Virgil Green playing most of the snaps.

C.J. Uzomah & Tyler Kroft, Bengals

The two Bengals will be fighting it out for Tyler Eifert’s vacated job. Eifert is done for 2018. They both make sense in deep formats.  We should know more soon.  They are both speculative adds at this point.